It looks like building the big, beautiful see-through wall was just the beginning. In order to combat the use of drones in smuggling illegal contraband of all sorts that would just lift the product over the wall, the Customs and Border Patrol group is taking precautions.
The agency signed a nearly $1.2 million contract with Citadel, a company that develops systems to counter unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones. The company will provide CBP with six Titan Counter Drone defense systems, according to a CBP spokesperson.
The kits include a signal box that deploys a 3-km “bubble” around a protected area and a monitor to identify and alert the user to any drones entering that airspace. Any drones entering the bubble are commandeered by the system and set safely on the ground.
According to Citadel, the signal intelligence and targeted jamming tool can be deployed within three minutes.
Pretty cool if it’s effective.
What is interesting is that the presence and usage of drones by the cartels have not been reported all that often. Most Americans just wanted the wall built. Well, we really need the full package to get the job of sealing the southern border done.
“Drones have become a greater challenge along the border. Our nation’s border agents deserve the safest and most advanced technology available,” Citadel CEO Christopher Williams said in a release. “Citadel’s automated solution provides front-line operators with awareness of drone threats and decision-making to respond faster than the adversary.”
While the initial rollout is limited to six systems, Williams told Nextgov the contract could expand in the future.
“Technology is being deployed in limited quantities in 2019 after months of testing and validation,” he said. “Following 2020 presidential budget decisions, the potential for additional systems at larger quantities will be explored.”
As well they should be.